Saturday, July 21, 2007

Journey to Life

As we journey to know God we are also on a quest to discover life. True life and a relationship with God are eternally linked. Life only comes through a relationship with the Creator; the Life-Maker.

Why do I think the search for life is a common quest for humanity? I believe it is partly seen in the activities people do to add value to their lives: careers, hobbies, volunteer work, etc. Life, they hope, is found in doing things which they believe are significant.

Some look for life through relationships. They place a high value on quality relationships, and they are always around people. The idea of being alone is the worst idea in the world for them. Life, they hope, is found in the intimacy of relationships.

Other people are on the route of thrills. They are willing to do anything which will bring a thrill to their life: bungee jumping, sky diving, X-game type sports, and even racing. The rush and the adrenaline surge is what they are after. Life, they hope, is found by living life on the edge.

There are some people who seek life through artificial means. Drugs provide them with a high to mirror the joy they believe life is to have. They want life without all the pain and tragedy which comes with it. Life, they hope, is found in a place absent of pain and where happiness rules.

I know as I look at my life these are the parts which make up the life I so desperately want. I desire intimacy, to be fully known to others. I want excitement, to be in awe of what is happening around me. I desire joy, to be able to have hope no matter what is happening. And I want a purpose, to know I count for something.

I believe this journey has only one starting point: Jesus Christ. “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me” (John 14:6, NLT). Jesus promises that He is both the way and the life. Not only does Jesus take us to the life that we need, but He is also the life we desire. Life only comes through Jesus.

Since I am a Christian and claim to know Life (Jesus), why do I insist on saying I am on a journey or quest to find life? The reason is because we never arrive at life. The life which satisfies me today is not the life that will satisfy me tomorrow. Life is not found simply by coming to Jesus, but it is found in following Jesus.
Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5; NLT).
Jesus is the source of life, and if we are to have life we must remain with Him.

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